Climatefarming in northern Senegal

Definition Climatefarming en francais

Definition Climate Farming

Climate farming uses agricultural means to keep carbon dioxide and other greenhouse gasses from escaping into the atmosphere. Like organic farming, climate farming maintains biodiversity and ecological balance on productive, argicultural land. But climate farmers like Hans-Peter Schmidt go a step further and covert leftover organic mass into biochar, a solid carbon compound that can improve soil quality. Biochar production also creates a kind of gas that can then be burned to help generate power. A climate farm could grow food, generate power, and help keep carbon out of the air.

Climatefarming – Pour une agriculture durable

von Hans-Peter Schmidt

Le climatefarming est souvent décrit comme une méthode agricole au moyen de laquelle du CO2 est prélevé de l’atmosphère et stocké de façon stable dans le sol sous forme de carbone. Ceci pourrait permettre de freiner le changement climatique. Mais le climatefarming, c’est également un concept écologique durable pour l’agriculture du future, qui produira aussi bien des denrées alimentaires que de l’énergie et de l’air propre, encouragera la biodiversité et protégera le paysage.

Au travers de leurs feuilles, les plantes prélèvent du dioxyde de carbone contenu dans l’air et le transforment à l’aide de la lumière, de substances minérales et de l’eau en molécules carboniques. Lorsque la plante meurt ou pourrit, ou si elle est mangée et digérée, les molécules longues de carbone sont de nouveau scindées. Ce processus libère de l’énergie et donc du carbone qui, composé à plus de 99% de CO2, s’évapore dans l’atmosphère. (en savoir plus ...)

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Climatefarmingprojekt Öfen für Afrika

Samstag, 20. März 2010

40 nations support carbon storage in soil! Agriculture Ministers’ Summit in Berlin 2010

BMELV - Climate & environment - Final Statement: Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Summit 16 January 2010

Global Forum for Food and Agriculture (GFFA)

Final Statement: Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Summit 16 January 2010

Agriculture and Climate Change – New Concept Proposals from Policymakers and Industry

The agriculture ministers that have assembled for the Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Summit 2010 note the following regarding the impact of climate change and the possibilities for reducing greenhouse gas emissions in agriculture and regarding the adaptation of agriculture to the consequences of climate change:

1. Farmers are affected particularly severely by the negative consequences of climate change, as production takes place both in nature and with nature. Desertification, water shortages, the loss of genetic resources, and the rise in extreme weather events such as droughts, storms and floods, lead to high harvesting losses, threaten the livelihood of millions of people – in particular small-scale farmers in developing countries – and threaten the achievement of the millennium goal of halving the proportion of the world population suffering from hunger by 2015.


Outcome of the Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Summit 2010 in Berlin on 16 January 2010

The agriculture ministers are aware of their responsibility to ensure that there is an adequate food supply for a growing global population, and want to contribute towards reducing greenhouse gas emissions and to adapting agriculture to the consequences of climate change:

I. Sustainability through climate-efficient farming!

Confronting climate change, and achieving the necessary increase in production, will only be possible through sustainable development. The agricultural sector is facing the daunting challenge of having to considerably increase high-quality production on available land and at the same time limit greenhouse gas emissions.

Production must therefore be optimised so that fewer greenhouse gases are emitted, and less water is used, per unit produced (e.g. per tonne of grain, kilogramme of meat, litre of milk). Farmers must therefore be provided with corresponding training and counselling, and with modern technology and production methods, to enable them to apply the necessary exemplary farm management on all agricultural land. .....

II. Support renewable energies and carbon storage in soil!

By providing renewable resources and storing organically bound carbon in soils, the agricultural sector can make an effective contribution towards protecting the climate and towards providing sustainable energy. What is needed in this regard is the site-specific application and support of Good Agricultural Practice as part of sustainable land management. Innovative projects for enriching and storing carbon in soils should be targeted for support. This would provide an opportunity for developing and using climate-efficient technologies in land management.

Fulltext Final Statement: Berlin Agriculture Ministers’ Summit 16 January 2010

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